Category: artwork


 Julius Kronberg, Romeo and Juliet on the Balcony, 1886, oil on canvas, 271.5 x 160 cm


Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802–1873) Titania and Bottom (Detail) Oil on canvas, 1848


If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
    God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more methinks would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man’s company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

—Henry V, Act IV, SCENE iii


This engraved portrait of William Shakespeare by Martin
Droeshout is from the Third Folio of
Shakespeare’s works of 1663–1664 and was originally engraved for the title page
to the First Folio, published in 1623. It is therefore one of the earliest
portraits of Shakespeare. The portrait was commissioned and approved by the
compilers of the First Folio, John Hemmings and Henry Condell, both members of
the King’s Players, Shakespeare’s acting company. The involvement of these men
suggest that, despite the stiff and oddly-proportioned garments, this portrait
is an authentic likeness of England’s most celebrated playwright. An engraving is
not worked directly from life, but from a flat model, either a painting or a
drawing. Droeshout must have been given a painting or drawing of Shakespeare as
a young man, from which to engrave his plate. 



‪Brutus drawn by me from Julius Caesar played by #alexwaldmann

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Asta Nielsen, the Danish silent film actress playing Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1921, in black and white naturally. It was directed by Svend Gade and Heinz Schall and is pretty impressive.@cat-i-the-adage


To be or not to be… ✨


John William Waterhouse – Juliet


Roméo et Juliette
Vintage post card.

Artist : Rie Cramer